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Published: August 8th 2013
We managed to sleep OK with the windows closed to keep out the pong from the surrounding barns.
The Gastehaus owner was surprised that we had not had breakfast in his restaurant and in fact had included the extra cost of breakfast on our bill when we went to pay on checking out.
We were hoping that after yesterdays ‘Umleitung’s’we might actually be able to drive the route we had come here to do.
The weather in the western sky looked a bit threatening although it was still warm.
The countryside is very attractive with low rolling hills, villages atop hills here and there, usually with a church at the highest point in the village and of course now a patchwork of green and yellow fields from the maturing summer crops.
Zipplingen is located just off R25, The Romantic Road and it should have been a short drive of 3 or 4 kilometres to get back on track..........had it not been for another ‘Umleitung’!! This was not a good start to wanting to complete this highly recommended drive.
As we carried on our way to try and get back on track we passed a tractor
towing a tank full of ‘you know what’ (you could tell by the smell even with the windows of the car up and a/c off).We had a good laugh at the business or brand name on the side of the tank ‘Fuchr’.We are not sure what that means but it seemed appropriate to the cargo on board the tank! Pronounce the name as you want and make of it what you will.
The early part of the drive today on the Romantic Road, once we got back onto it, was enjoyable although we were a bit surprised by the number of trucks on it as we were expecting them to be using the nearby Autobahn.
The R25 while we were able to stay on it did go through some very pleasant German countryside but it wasn’t quite what we expected.
We reached Landsberg,where Adolf Hitler spent 6 months in prison after his failed attempt to march on Berlin and where he started writing Mein Kampf,for lunch and found ourselves a cafe with tables on the footpath where we had lunch and did some people watching.
After starting out on a walk to a church down the
road from the cafe we found that there was a lot more to Landsberg than we had first thought and that the cafe was on the edge of the town. We spent another hour strolling around the picturesque market square and then along the Lech River that runs through the town.
Our disappointment with the Romantic Road continued after Landsberg as we headed further south with more commercial traffic on the road.
However, ahead of us we now had views of mountains as we got closer to our destination of Peiting although the landscape we were passing through was still the same as we had started the day with fields of green and yellow depending upon the crops.
Peiting was a bit bigger than we expected but finding the address for the hotel was easy enough except that the name on the outside wasn’t the same as the hotel we had booked. There was nothing for it but to go inside and check it out and we found that we were in the ‘cheap seats ‘across the road in an unmarked building. For another €10 we could stay in the one we had first entered for what
was described as a more modern room. This at first was a concern but those thoughts were unfounded as the room turned out to be just fine.
There was nothing special to see in Peiting but we took a walk around the town to stretch the legs and then headed back for a microwave dinner from our now favourite German supermarket, Rewe.
As we pulled the microwave out to take it upstairs a guy appeared from nowhere and jabbered away in German seemingly wanting money for where we had parked in front of some apartments and kept pointing to the French number plate. Gretchen thought he wanted some French coins but they disappeared years ago when the Euro was introduced. After a short ‘discussion ‘he gave up and we just hope that the car is still there in the morning.
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